Season 1: COVID-19 and the Basic Elements of Life
COVID-19 has uprooted our lives, causing devastation for millions. It’s also forced us to slow down, pause and consider how we might learn to live healthily and sustainably on this planet.
Let’s use this time to rediscover some fundamental truths about our place on Earth: fire, air, water, earth, spirit — the basic elements of life. Without them, there is no life. When our relationships with them are unbalanced, we put our very existence at risk.
Friends including Jane Fonda and Neil Young, as well as leading experts, join David as he returns to the fundamentals to help us seize this unique opportunity to rediscover our place on this beautiful living planet.
That’s really what this podcast is about, this virus — this historical moment — that has engulfed an entire planet, and the chance we have now to find a healthier, happier, equitable and sustainable way forward… My great hope is that by coming back to a fundamental understanding of who we are, we can find a better path forward.
Listen to Season 1 of the David Suzuki Podcast
In this season, David Suzuki interviews celebrity friends like Jane Fonda and Neil Young, leading thinkers like Jennifer Keesmaat and Kwame McKenzie, Indigenous activists and leaders like Winona LaDuke, Jeannette Armstrong and Autumn Peltier, financial journalist Attracta Mooney and youth activist Allie Rougeot — plus a variety of David Suzuki Foundation science and policy experts.
Season 1 of The David Suzuki Podcast – COVID-19 and the Basic Elements of Life – was produced by the David Suzuki Foundation, in partnership with Jason Arkley Productions.
David recorded these interviews from the traditional unceded territory of the We Wai Kai First Nation. He and his team are profoundly grateful to Indigenous Peoples, who have been responsible stewards of these beautiful lands for thousands of years, and who continue to teach us so much about how to live sustainably on this planet.
This podcast was developed and produced by Jason Arkley, David Leibl and Brendan Glauser. Editing, production and sound design by Katie Jensen, Renita Bangert and Michal Stein of Vocal Fry Studios. Theme music by Scott Nolan. Artwork generously provided by Roy Henry Vickers.
Music is an incredibly powerful source of expression and communication. We are thrilled to wrap each episode of this podcast with a song – four of which feature independent artists from the heart of Turtle Island. A heartfelt thank you to Andrina Turenne, Richard Inman, Leaf Rapids, Carly Dow and Neil Young.
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People should join movements. Individualism is the tool of the ruling class. We have to work together in concert with like-minded citizens, in movements that are experienced and strategic. It was when I became an activist that I knew I wanted to live, what my purpose was and that my time wasn’t being wasted on Earth. Activism saved me; career was secondary.
Read full episode transcripts
The David Suzuki Podcast, Season 1, Episode 1 transcript
Read the full transcript from Episode 1 of the first season of The David Suzuki Podcast, featuring conversations with legendary actor, activist and author Jane Fonda, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Sherry Yano and the University of Winnipeg’s Ian Mauro.
The David Suzuki Podcast, Season 1, Episode 2 transcript
Read the full transcript from Episode 2 of the first season of The David Suzuki Podcast, featuring conversations with Wellesley Institute CEO Kwame McKenzie, former Toronto chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Gideon Forman.
The David Suzuki Podcast, Season 1, Episode 3 transcript
Read the full transcript from Episode 3 of the first season of The David Suzuki Podcast, featuring conversations with Jeannette Armstrong of the Penticton Indian Band, youth activists Autumn Peltier and Allie Rougeot and the David Suzuki Foundation’s Jay Ritchlin.